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Fraud email example:
Date: Fri, 15 Oct 2004 10:57:37 +0100
SUNSWEETWIN LOTTO PROMO LOTTERY, THE NETHERLANDS.
ALFONSTRAAT B56, 1002 BS AMSTERDAM,
FROM: THE DESK OF THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT,
REF: OYL /26510460037/02
RE/ AWARD NOTIFICATION/FINAL NOTICE
We are pleased to inform you of the announcement Today of Winners of the
SUNSWEETWIN PROMO LOTTERY, THE NETHERLANDS/INTERNATIONAL, PROGRAMS held
Your company/name, is attached to ticket number023-0148-790-459, with serial
number 5073-11 drew the lucky numbers 43-11-44-37-10-43, and consequently
won the lottery in the third category.
You have therefore been approved for lump sum pay Out of US$5,500.000.00
Million in cash credited to file REF NO.OYL/25041238013/02. This is from
total prize Money Of US$80,400,000.00 shared among the seventeen International
winners in this category.
All participants were selected through a computer Ballot System drawn From
25,000 names from Australia, New Zealand, America, Europe, North America
and Asia as Part of International Promotions Program, which is Conducted
Your fund is now deposited with a Security company Insured. Due to the mix
up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this Award strictly From
Public notice until your claim has been processed and your money remitted
to your Account.
This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous
acts by participants Of This program. We hope with a part of your prize,
you will Participate in our mid year high stakes US$1.3Billion International
To begin your claim, please contact your claim Agent:
MR. ATKINS HOPEWELL
FOREIGN SERVICE MANAGER,
Vertex Finance Company: firstname.lastname@example.org
For due processing and remittance of your prize Money to a designated account
of your choice
Remember that all prize money must be claimed not later than two weeks will
Be returned as unclaimed.
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and Complications, please remember
to quote your Reference and batch numbers in every one of your Correspondences
with Your agent.
Furthermore, should there be any Change of your address; do inform your
claims agent as soon as possible.
Congratulations again from all our staff and thank you for being part of
our promotions program.
The Promotions Manager, SUNSWEETWIN LOTTO
PROMO LOTTERY, THE NETHERLANDS.
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